15 Jul 2009

Ferrari set to look at new season

8:05 am on 15 July 2009

Ferrari are poised to cease development of their 2009 Formula One car despite an improved showing at last weekend's German Grand Prix.

Felipe Massa finished third at the Nurburgring to secure the team's second podium of the season, but team boss Stefano Domenicali is close to writing off the current campaign.

He says they've already started work on the new project and in the next couple of weeks they'll move on to that.

Domenicali says they want to start with a different pace compared to this year.

With both Massa and team-mate Kimi Raikkonen out of contention in the drivers' championship, and Ferrari a long way adrift in the constructors' standings, it is no surprise they are already looking beyond this season.

Domenicali admitted the recent political infighting in Formula 1 had been a major drain on his time and energy and he was looking forward to getting involved in car development again.